Arts & Culture

UK Art Museum Wants You: New Membership Drive Launched

photo of UK Art Museum wall vinyl for membership drive

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2021) — Members are an integral part of the University of Kentucky Art Museum family. They support staff by serving as ambassadors both on and off campus, maximizing the institution's reach in vital ways. Members spread the word about the UK Art Museum's mission and the impact it has on diverse artists and audiences. A new membership drive hopes to add 25% more members to the family in the coming months and in turn expand the possibilities of reaching even more art lovers. There are levels for students, faculty and staff,  individuals, families, and patrons. They all make a difference.

If you aren’t already one of the hundreds of current members, you may not understand the real impact you can have. Support helps maintain the museum's free admission policy and pays for all the costs associated with making dynamic exhibitions, including professional packing and shipping, artist travel, matting and framing, printing, materials for Family Day, and much more.

"The number of members we have signifies how many people believe in us and what we do. If you join today, you will be investing in the cultural life of the university, Lexington, and Kentucky," said Stuart Horodner, director of the UK Art Museum.

In addition to members helping the staff create an inclusive and significant place for art, they also receive exclusive benefits as thanks for their commitment — including a personal parking code for the Gatton Student Center visitor lot, located across from the museum’s entrance, exclusive tours and events, and discounts to the UK Art Museum's shop.

To become a member of the UK Art Museum, visit online at: For more information on all the membership includes, contact Lyndi Van Deursen at 859.257.8164 or

The University of Kentucky Art Museum, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, promotes the understanding and appreciation of art from diverse cultures and historical periods, providing meaningful encounters for audiences of all ages. Through temporary exhibitions, educational programs, and permanent collection of approximately 5000 objects, the museum is a resource for the campus community and a cultural destination for citizens of the Commonwealth and beyond. The UK Art Museum's Free Admission policy removes any financial obstacle that might stand in the way of opportunities for contemplation and connection.

UK Art Museum is proud to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, meeting standards for excellence and professional practices.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.